Pietro Beconcini Agricola, San Miniato, Tuscany, Italy.
The history of Tuscany is also the history of Sangiovese and so it doesn’t surprise that Chianti wines represent the Beconcini’s traditional production. What does surprise is the unexpected presence of Tempranillo wines in their vineyard.
There were some very old vines in his vineyards, which produced excellent grapes, but nobody knew what grape it was. He recalls, “The wine I made was lovely, so I continued to grow these unknown plants. By 1997 I had generated an entire hectare by massal propagation. And by 2005, in addition to the original, 90-year-old historical vineyard, I had a total of 4.5 hectares of new vineyards of this strange grape.” This small historical mystery was finally solved by genetic science. In 2004, at the University of Milan, through DNA testing conducted by the eminent researcher Professor Attilio Scienza, the varietal of the grapes was authenticated: Tempranillo. Tracked back in time, it is assumed that 17AD (XVII)religious pilgrimages planted Spanish Tempranillo seeds in exactly that area where they adapted over more than 300 years in this Northern Tuscan soil. An amazingly concentrated wine, unlike any other Tempranillo.
Run today in the third generation, Leonardo still focusses on the local grape varieties. He patiently studied the local environment, experimented with monovarietal Sangiovese clones, and increased the plantings of the Malvasia Nera grape. Delicious Chianti-Cuvée wines are the result, often compared with the likes from Tenuta.